February 2013

In This Issue
EarthBox Education
Ordering
Prepare Now for Spring Planting
Retailer of the Month
Fresh from the Forum
Facebook
>From Our Customers
Share Your Experience
Join Our Online Community
About E

EarthBox Education

The Snow Pea Curriculum is a big hit with the kids!

Sandra Dwan offered her children store-bought organic snow peas recently, and they said their EarthBox-grown snow peas were better. Ms. Dwan and her three home-schooled children planted organic snow peas last year in southwestern California. "We ate them off the vine as they ripened. They never made it to the table!"

Ms. Dwan followed the EarthBox Snow Pea curriculum for this project. "The kids were engaged and really grasped the growing process. My 8- and 11-year-olds loved the "Find a Word" exercise. And my 4-year-old enjoyed watching the peas sprout, and coloring her sprouting pictures. There was something for everyone, and we all came away wiser.

"I had been looking around for something easy and organic without having to plant in-ground. When I found EarthBox I knew it was for us! It is really amazing how you can't goof up an EarthBox! I loved this fun and captivating curriculum. It was a thorough learning experience for all."

For more information on starting your own EarthBox project, click here or contact our Education Department at 1-800-821-8838, ext. 8369.



Featured Product

Ready to replant your EarthBox or EarthBox Junior? We make it easy with our replant kits, which always contain EarthBox-approved fertilizer, dolomite, and mulch covers.

We've got four different EarthBox replant kits to match your needs: the standard EarthBox Replant Kit, the EarthBox Organic Replant Kit, the standard EarthBox Junior Replant Kit, and the EarthBox Junior Organic Replant Kit.

Each comes at a great price -- and the more you buy, the more you save!



We Have a Winner!

We've chosen the latest winner in our ongoing contest! This month's winning photo comes from David Mitchell of Washington, D.C.

David tells us, "I recently moved to a townhouse in downtown Washington, D.C. I was disappointed not to have enough earth or sun for a garden, so I put a few Earthboxes on top of my flat top garage (the only place that gets enough sunlight), and got a ladder set up to care for them.

"Here's a photo of the rooftop experiment. We have been burdened with many wonderful tomatoes!"



Photo of the Month Contest

Want to win a $25 EarthBox gift certificate? Just send us your EarthBox success photos with the word "contest" in the subject line of your email, and you could be our next winner!

Please make sure your image is in .JPG format and at least 640×480 pixels or 5 x 7 inches at 72 dpi. We'll pick a new winner every month, and post the entry in an upcoming issue.



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Dear Customer,

Even though we're in the middle of winter, spring really is right around the corner. If you're like me, you're itching to get out in the garden...so why not start preparing now?

EarthBox gardening eliminates the hard work of digging and amending soil. Preparing your EarthBoxes and EarthBox Juniors is quite simple compared to traditional gardening, as long as you follow a few simple guidelines. We want you have a successful gardening experience, so this month we've prepared a few reminder tips that will help you ensure a robust harvest. Read on to learn more!

Happy gardening,

Frank DiPaolo
EarthBox


Prepare Now for Spring EarthBox Planting

Whether you've just ordered your first EarthBoxes or you're an experienced EarthBox grower, I expect you're eagerly anticipating Jack Frost's departure and the first stirrings of spring. While you're waiting, there's no need to twiddle your thumbs; instead, start making your preparations so you can get a jump on the growing season.

First Steps
Start by giving some thought to the kind of plants you'd like to include in your EarthBoxes this year, so you can procure the right seeds or seedlings. You can even start some seeds indoors in advance, so you'll be ready to go as soon as it gets warm enough. Be sure to have the last average frost date at hand, so you'll know when it's safe to plant.

Meanwhile, prepare your existing EarthBoxes and other containers, sanitizing the empty ones with a weak bleach/water solution. You may also want to take the time to spruce up your patio, deck, or plant stands, as necessary, and check your watering system (if you have one).

Moving Forward
Before you start planting, consult and print this EarthBox Guide so you'll have your checklist ready. It's a great aid for all EarthBox growers, both inexperienced and seasoned. It'll help you with several important points, including:

  • How to put your EarthBoxes together;
  • Plant suggestions;
  • Growing medium information; and
  • Placement of fertilizer and seedlings.

Other Help
We invite you to check our FAQs and Planting Guides pages for more details on preparation and planting your EarthBoxes. For even more information, take a look at all the Quick Links at the bottom of the lefthand column of this newsletter.

Enjoy your preparations -- and have a great EarthBox growing season!

Retailer of the Month

This month we salute Your Farm and Garden of Sarasota, Florida. Formerly known as Hibbs Farm and Garden, Your Farm and Garden has been serving residents in Sarasota for more than half a century. This family-owned garden center offers residents a multitude of items, from plants and fountains, to trees and landscape plans. And for the past six years, they've been selling EarthBoxes.

Manager Scott Mumper is very pleased with the success of the EarthBoxes. "We hear from growers all the time about how well their plants sprout in the EarthBoxes. In fact, our decision to start selling these gardening systems was driven by requests from customers." EarthBox replant kits, staking kits, mulch kits, and metal stands are also available at Your Farm and Garden.

The EarthBox kits and accessories are prominently displayed just inside the front entrance near the vegetable seeds and checkout. All of these items are available year-round, but the heaviest sales are in the early fall and spring.

"EarthBoxes are a quality product with a steadily growing and well-deserved popularity," notes Mr. Mumper. "We are pleased to be able to offer them to our customers."

For more information on Your Farm and Garden, visit www.yourfarmandgarden.com, call 941-366-4954, or stop by 735 South Beneva Road, Sarasota, FL.

Fresh from the Forum

Wondering when you're supposed to replace your EarthBox growing medium? Join this forum discussion with fellow EarthBox growers to learn more on the subject.



What's Growing on Facebook

You may not have realized it, but onions love EarthBoxes too! Check out this healthy crop at the EarthBox Research Center, which is awaiting transplanting... although most are already big enough to serve as full-fledged onions.

Some customers tell us that growing in EarthBoxes seems to cut down on the fungal disease issues onions are prone to, possibly because they're watered from the bottom, rather than the top.

From Our Customers

"Got crazy this fall and planted a couple of tomato plants just for fun. Had the worst summer planting this year as I was unable to water the boxes as necessary. Health issues have gotten in the way. Just purchased an AWS and working on getting it installed today.

"Anyway, here is the result. One is a Big Boy plant, and the other is Celebrity."

paulw
Gibsonton, FL
Zone 9

The wonderful photos and stories about EarthBox gardening that appear in this space every month come to us from folks like you. Just send us an email with your photos and a description, along with your name, planting zone, and city, and we'll take it from there. You never know when you might see your photo in a newsletter or catalog!

Share Your EarthBox Experience

We appreciate your opinions about EarthBox products, and so do your peers. Because we recognize how helpful and valuable our customers' viewpoints can be, we would love to receive your comments -- whether positive or negative.

Here's the process: go to our website, click the category on the left column, and then click on the product name. Next, click on "Review this item," and start writing.

Thanks in advance for your help!

Join Our Online Community

Join fellow EarthBox growers on Facebook or our Forum for interesting gardening discussions, EarthBox offers and resources, and to view awesome photos. Your fellow EarthBoxers are a wonderful source of information, always willing to advise you on your EarthBox issues!

Gardening with children in EarthBoxes? Find ideas for growing in or outside the classroom on our Education Department Facebook page, in the Education section of our Forum, and in these videos.

You don't have to be an educator to find inspirational ideas on growing plants with youngsters. Videos are a members only feature, so if you're not already a Facebook member, you'll need to sign up.

You can also view tutorial videos on combination plantings, replanting your EarthBox, winterizing your EarthBox, and more on our EarthBox videos page.

About EarthBox


The patented EarthBox was developed by commercial farmers, and proven in the lab and on the farm. Our maintenance-free, award-winning, high-tech growing system controls soil conditions, eliminates guesswork, and more than doubles the yield of a conventional garden -- with less fertilizer, less water and virtually no effort.

It's used successfully on a daily basis by commercial farmers, educators, and consumers. Distributors are also finding it to be a popular growing system.

EarthBox is a remarkably easy-to-set-up system that can be used to grow produce virtually anywhere. EarthBox systems have been incorporated into community gardens all over the world, enabling families and neighbors to share fresh produce, while minimizing work and expenses.

EarthBoxes can even be found in classrooms. Our EarthBox Pre-K through 12th grade standards-based curriculum can bring science to life, with hands-on cross-curricula lessons that teach principles of growing and nutrition utilizing the scientific method in student-driven experiments.

To find out more, visit www.earthbox.com. To request a catalog, call 888-917-3908


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